Outdoor timber stairs that have seen better days are not only unsightly, they can also be downright dangerous – put them at the top of your list!
Gather your supplies
• 90 x 45mm treated pine (600mm per tread)
• 140 x 45mm treated pine (2 lengths per tread)
You’ll also need
Pinch bar; hammer; saw; drill and bits; 85mm galvanised batten screws; self-priming outdoor paint (matched to existing colour); paintbrush
Step 1 Using pinch bar, get between rotten tread and supporting cleat beneath to remove. If your tread is housed into stringer, you will have to cut it out.
Step 2 Mark position of cleat on stringer and remove. Cut a new cleat using 90 x 45mm treated pine. Hold against stringer so it matches position of original. Drill pilot holes for batten screws, then screw in place.
Step 3 Cut new treads to length using 140 x 45mm treated pine. Position on cleats, predrill, then screw through into cleats. For housed treads, knock tread into housing from behind, if possible.
STEP 4 Cover step with 2 coats of outdoor paint, allowing to dry between coats.